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Opinion: Wives are to submit to husbands as husbands to wives

The Oxford Dictionary explains submission to be the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.

Looking around the world, we see that people believe that it was a part of the task for women to be dominated by men.

However, we see today that women and men, while not equal in every way, shape, and form, ought to, and to a degree have equal rights and opportunities.

It is important to understand that a woman does not submit because her husband deserves it all the time; she submits because she knows that it is pleasing to her Creator.

There are times when a woman submits, and her husband does not deserve it from a human perspective but she does so because it is commanded by God.

Consider Ephesians 5:22-28 in the Christian Bible which is talking about a wife and husband loving and respecting one another equally:

"Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself."

Submission has over time been used out of context, especially when defended by scriptural or biblical misinterpretations.

People preach doctrines for their own agendas, whose interpretations are not analyzed in its entirety, and it misguides the masses.

There are people who believe that submission has to do with obeying and denying personal feelings, desires, expectations, and dreams.

Some people think that a wife is not submissive if she shares her opinions or counters her husband in some situations. In some cases, women have been sent back to their homes and told to submit to abusive husbands.

Submission is NOT:

1. Avoiding the effort to influence or change the husband or wife.

2. Agreeing on virtually everything the man or woman says.

3. Putting the will of the husband or wife before the will of the Creator.

4. Living in fear of your husband/wife

Total humility is required for submission to have a place in marriage. It requires a lot of prayer too because submission is humanly difficult.

The bottom line:

The love and sacrifices husbands and wives make for each other differ just as persons differ. As husbands may love their wives by cherishing, protecting, and serving them, wives on the other hand submit to their husbands out of respect and love.

The husband and the wife can show love and respect to each other. Respect births submission and submission births harmony and progress in marriage.

It is not always easy but with God, every marriage pushes through.

Content created and supplied by: DanielZagpish (via Opera News )

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